North Wanneroo water use efficiency scheme

Page last updated: Tuesday, 7 December 2021 - 5:07pm

The Western Australian Government has made a total of $500,000 available for eligible commercial Western Australian horticultural businesses to provide rebates for a suite of water use efficiency activities.

These include grants to implement water use efficiency infrastructure and grants to implement soil amelioration activities.

North Wanneroo water use efficiency scheme

The Western Australian Government has made a total of $500,000 available for eligible commercial Western Australian horticultural businesses to implement approved water use efficiency and soil amelioration measures.

Eligible activities for water use efficiency grants are:

 

Grants to implement water use efficiency infrastructure

Grants to implement soil amelioration activities

Up to $30,000 per applicant, based on matched funding

Up to $20,000 per applicant, based on matched funding

Total funds

$300,000

$200,000

The Scheme opened on Tuesday 7 December 2021 and will close on 30 June 2022, or when funds are fully committed. Applications will be assessed in the order they are submitted.

To help decide whether you are eligible to apply for funds under this Scheme, you should be able to answer yes to these questions: 

  • I am a commercial producer with a water licence or a right to take and use water for an established horticultural business in North Wanneroo, Western Australia
  • My business is conducted on land in the Carabooda, Nowergup, and Neerabup subareas of North Wanneroo.

To recieve a grant under this Scheme you must demonstrate that you meet the eligibility criteria of the North Wanneroo water use efficiency scheme 2021 guidelines, attached to this page.

Objectives of the scheme

The objective of the Scheme is to deliver productivity benefits by increasing water use efficiency, by eligible horticultural businesses obtaining written advice on any or all of the following technologies including:

  • Modifications to irrigation systems that increase the application of water uniformity;
  • Changing from sprinkler to drip irrigation;
  • Purchase and implementation of soil and/or crop sensor technology; crop monitoring equipment and annual data hosting fees;
  • Installation of protected cropping options, which may include greenhouses, glasshouses, shade houses, windbreaks, or permanent netting;
  • Soil amelioration strategies and inputs.

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply, you will need to demonstrate you:

  • Own, share farm or lease property that you use for horticultural production in the eligible area;
  • Conduct the majority of your primary production business in Western Australia;
  • Operate as a sole trader, partnership, trust or private company;
  • Hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and are registered for GST; and,
  • Are a commercial primary production business (as defined in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997).

How to apply

Your application will need to be submitted online via the DPIRD SmartyGrants platform. Applications open Tuesday 7 December, 2021.

As funds are limited, applications will be assessed in the order they are submitted.

If additional information is required to assess your application, the Department will contact you by email or phone to confirm/request what is required. Applicants will need to provide requested information within five (5) business days.

Failure to provide requested information within five (5) business days may result in the application being declined.

By submitting an application, you are providing your agreement that should DPIRD request to visit your business for audit purposes to inspect the irrigation infrastructure, you will allow them full access to the property and any relevant information required.

Irrigated horticulture crops
The scheme aims to deliver productivity benefits by increasing water use efficiency using several technologies.